HSC February update for Pennant Hills

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At the beginning of each year Hornsby Council’s Agenda Item 1 is the Performance Report for 2018. For those who don’t have the time here is a summary.

Pennant Hills is one community in a shire of several suburbs and reading the report was most interesting for what was present and absent in relation to Pennant Hills. Here is a summary of some of the information in Item 1 for the council meeting on February 13, 2019.

In the discussion section of the report on operational comments the following items were outlined. These are the highlighted operational comments which exclude some of the final detail later in the attachments.

  • City of Parramatta and Hornsby have settled their legal matter.
  • The storms we had in the shire resulted in the council getting 600 direct requests, 300 truckloads of green waste, 4500 cubic metres of chipped green waste and at the time of the meeting cost $800 000.
  • In relation to tree planting of the goal of 25 000 trees, to date 2459 tress have been planted and 10 730 other plants.
  • In the Hornsby retail and immediate residential precinct, the abandoned trolleys have been an issue. As of December 2018, 640 trolleys have been collected and impounded.

In relation to capital projects July – December 2018:

  • Footpaths: footpath work was carried out in sections of Sheppards Road Cherrybrook, Sherbrook road Hornsby and Oakhill Drive Castle Hill.
  • Local roads: the highlighted work was Cowan road Mt Colah.
  • Parks and Ovals: work was carried out on the playground on Lessing Park, Hornsby, the synthetic cricket nets at Waitara Park, the Beecroft Station Gardens and Community Centre carpark, and work at Dame Gilmore Park West Pennant Hills.
  • Drainage: drainage work has been carried out on Brooklyn Road Brooklyn in the area of the old dairy.

In the budget comment section these facts were highlighted.

  • $110k increase in electricity pricing for council facilities.
  • $117k increase in electricity pricing for street lighting.
  • $227k increase in rates revenue
  • $550k increase in contract expenses for remedial work at Hornsby Library
  • $250k grant funding towards library works
  • $300k allocation from asset management plan for remedial work at Hornsby library.

In relation to major project updates:

  • Hornsby Park from Quarry to park redevelopment is at the stage of the Environmental Impact Statement.
  • The concept designs for the Westleigh Park development is near completion.
  • At Storey Park a new facility will be built on the Asquith Community Centre.
  • Orara Park, Waitara is being expanded as a community park.
  • The Waitara Park embellishment includes drainage and an inclusive playground and cost as of 31 December 2018 was $13.205 million.

On digging deeper into the tables, the following is noted and carried forward from 2018.

  • Werona Street works east side Stevens Street to Shields Lane is on hold due to lack of funds
  • Jack Thompson Park Pennant Hills is on track for completion June 2019.
  • Pennant Hills Park amenities building renewal is 15% complete.
  • Pennant Hills to Epping cycle path to date has included investigation and design and 35% complete. Currently the routes are being considered and a business case has been submitted.

If you wish to explore in more detail what the council and our elected representatives in Ward B are doing for Pennant Hills we suggest keep track of the business papers which come out 10 days prior to the meeting 10 days later.

If you have time it is worth attending the council meetings to observe how the items are discussed, perhaps contribute to the discussions and you get to see the additional items that get added closer to the meeting date. The council meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month and are live streamed.

Yours Sincerely,

Noel Oxley
President PHDCT